Thoughts on the Death of MLK

Discussion in 'Political Discussions' started by Michael J Malone, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. Michael J Malone

    Michael J Malone Active Member

    Walt Whitman

    To Thee Old Cause

    TO thee, old Cause!
    Thou peerless, passionate, good cause!
    Thou stern, remorseless, sweet Idea!
    Deathless throughout the ages, races, lands!
    After a strange, sad war—great war for thee,
    (I think all war through time was really fought, and ever will be really fought, for thee;)
    These chants for thee—the eternal march of thee.

    Thou orb of many orbs!
    Thou seething principle! Thou well-kept, latent germ! Thou centre!
    Around the idea of thee the strange sad war revolving,
    With all its angry and vehement play of causes,
    (With yet unknown results to come, for thrice a thousand years,)
    These recitatives for thee—my Book and the War are one,
    Merged in its spirit I and mine—as the contest hinged on thee,
    As a wheel on its axis turns, this Book, unwitting to itself,
    Around the Idea of thee.
  2. Michael J Malone

    Michael J Malone Active Member

    Martin Luther King, Jr - April 3, 1968

    Something is happening in Memphis, something is happening in our world.

    As you know, if I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of general and panoramic view of the whole human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, "Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?"-- I would take my mental flight by Egypt through, or rather across the Red Sea, through the wilderness on toward the promised land. And in spite of its magnificence, I wouldn't stop there. I would move on by Greece, and take my mind to Mount Olympus. And I would see Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Euripides and Aristophanes assembled around the Parthenon as they discussed the great and eternal issues of reality.

    But I wouldn't stop there. I would go on, even to the great heyday of the Roman Empire. And I would see developments around there, through various emperors and leaders. But I wouldn't stop there. I would even come up to the day of the Renaissance, and get a quick picture of all that the Renaissance did for the cultural and esthetic life of man. But I wouldn't stop there. I would even go by the way that the man for whom I'm named had his habitat. And I would watch Martin Luther as he tacked his ninety-five theses on the door at the church in Wittenberg.

    But I wouldn't stop there. I would come on up even to 1863, and watch a vacillating president by the name of Abraham Lincoln finally come to the conclusion that he had to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. But I wouldn't stop there. I would even come up the early thirties, and see a man grappling with the problems of the bankruptcy of his nation. And come with an eloquent cry that we have nothing to fear but fear itself.

    But I wouldn't stop there. Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, "If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the twentieth century, I will be happy." Now that's a strange statement to make, because the world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land. Confusion all around. That's a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding--something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya: Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee--the cry is always the same--"We want to be free."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. Michael J Malone

    Michael J Malone Active Member

    Born Michael King, Jr. - January 15, 1929
    Died Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. – April 4, 1968

    I see some more movement and hope in freedom, even today, as the actual control of elections is being openly questioned in this presidential election cycle.
  4. Michael J Malone

    Michael J Malone Active Member

    I also see a turning to another Whitman 'value.'

    Walt Whitman - To A Historian

    You who celebrate bygones,
    Who have explored the outward, the surfaces of the races, the life
    that has exhibited itself,
    Who have treated of man as the creature of politics, aggregates,
    rulers and priests,
    I, habitan of the Alleghanies, treating of him as he is in himself
    in his own rights,
    Pressing the pulse of the life that has seldom exhibited itself,
    (the great pride of man in himself,)
    Chanter of Personality, outlining what is yet to be,
    I project the history of the future.

    May Freedom - Liberty - ring!

    Mike - WE3L

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